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Fun With A Pencil [Hardcover]

Andrew Loomis
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April 2 2013
Andrew Loomis (1892-1959) is revered amongst artists - including comics superstar Alex Ross - for his mastery of  drawing. His first book, Fun With a Pencil, published in 1939 is a wonderfully crafted and engaging introduction to drawing, cartooning, and capturing the essence of a subject all while having fun. With delightful step-by-step instruction from Professor Blook, Loomis's charming alter ego on the page.

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“Fun with a Pencil is a wonderful drawing instructional book for beginners and aspiring comic book artist.  And this is a great reference book for your library.” Retrenders

About the Author

Andrew Loomis was born in 1892. After studying art he moved to Chicago, eventually opening his own studio, working in editorial and advertising for most of the top clients at the time including Kellogg's, Coca Cola, Lucky Strike and more. He also became renowned as an art teacher and his instructional books on realist illustration and art are acclaimed classics in the field. He died in 1959.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, Andrew Loomis! Aug. 29 2013
By Jennah
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I ordered this as a gift for my husband and he absolutely loves this book. He said it's a great reference to keep on the shelf for years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was worried about QUALITY from earlier reviewers... but.... May 27 2013
By Marc Daniels - Published on
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I had this book as a child and dearly loved it. I wanted to order it for my daughter... but I noticed many reviews talking about the poor quality of what they received... I almost did not order it! But, I noticed that all the reviews that mentioned this were before the date this edition was published... so I took a chance and.... WOW! The Titan Books printing is even better than my original copy! I love the lighthearted and fun way this book approaches drawing, yet with serious technical skills demonstrated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's Andrew Loomis - Enough Said! April 12 2013
By jpcooper - Published on
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Not as valuable as the other Loomis titles recently reprinted by Titan, but still very much worth purchasing. If you don't already own the other four books buy them first. In particular, I would recommend "Creative Illustration". At the price Amazon is offering this beautiful, hardcover edition for it's nothing short of a gift. Titan has done the world of illustration a tremendous service in making these classics available again. Before this project began any Andrew Loomis book would set you back a couple days wages - if you could find them. Loomis was a master at his craft and equally gifted as an instructor. Any art student would benefit from a thorough immersion in these works. I was first introduced to Loomis by way of his magazine ads. He created advertisements for many of the foremost companies in America during the 1940s, 50s and 60s. After these encounters I was compelled to purchase "Creative Illustration". Let me just say, had I waited a few years I could have put another one of my kids through college with the money Titan's reprint would have saved me. Not quite, but you get the point. As I still own the original and just had to compare the two, I bought Titan's new edition. It's a beautifully produced facsimile.

I'm beginning to think I'm reviewing the wrong book. As to "Fun with a Pencil" it is just as the name suggest - lots of fun. Filled with great suggestions for the aspiring cartoonist it presents characters straight out the Golden Age. Perky young ladies and quirky older gentleman combine with helpful hints on perspective and composition to produce a worthwhile book of instruction.
Anything associated with the name of Andrew Loomis is gold. And this volume is no exception. It is only by comparison to the four previous works that this title should suffer. If you can shell out the do-re-mi, buy all five books - you won't regret it.

This book is well produced in every respect. It is constructed to take years of wear and tear just like its companion volumes. I thank Titan, again, for the commitment they made to this series and wait to see what they have in store for us in the future.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun with a Pencil - Fun indeed Oct. 26 2008
By Mary C. Dunn - Published on
I have many wonderful art books, and this is my favorite. I have had this book for many years and what delight is between the binding. Simple step-by-step explanation makes this book for all ages. Not only does it explain the basics of drawing head and other features, it entices even those who are not artisically inclined. From beginner to advanced, you will find yourself drawing those cute little heads and even bodies as a doodle that lasts a lifetime.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An incredible book that makes drawing more enjoyable... April 2 1998
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I read this book several times as a child, and liked it more as I grew. Loomis makes pencil sketching enjoyable & immediately productive. Great book, buy it if you can.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More on cartoon-like figures. For Beginners Oct. 7 2013
By Parka - Published on
This is the fifth book from Andrew Loomis that's reprinted by Titan Books. It's a well done reprint yet again.

This book is more light-hearted compared to the other Andrew Loomis drawing books. It's almost like Figure Drawing for All It's Worth except you get to draw more cartoon-like characters. The figures have more caricature features, with more exaggerations. But the underlying drawing principles remain the same, such as the construction of the head and body. There are lots of examples.

The main section is on drawing the head. The other lessons look at body proportions, poses, hands and feet, clothing, perspective, and lighting and shadow. Those lessons are short but do cover enough material for you to get started.

I'll recommend it to beginners who are looking to draw more cartoon-like characters. If you want to draw more standard human figures, you should get Figure Drawing for All It's Worth.

(Check out more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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